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may 05 2016

7 Rules to Live By When You're Packing a Suitcase

Shoe bag Hudson + Bleecker
(Courtesy Hudson + Bleecker)

Can't find packing gear that suits your needs? Why not create it yourself, Shark Tank–style? OK, most of us don't have the time or expertise for that, but Hudson + Bleecker founder Eram Siddiqui took on the challenge so the rest of us don't have to.

may 02 2016

See the Windy City For Free! Explore Chicago With This Exclusive DIY Walking Tour

downtown, Chicago, Illinois, Wrigley Building, skyscraper, Michigan Avenue, Tribune Tower, Magnificent Mile

See the lesser-known nooks and crannies of Downtown Chicago—without paying a dime.

(Andreykr/Dreamstime)

Often the best way to explore a new city is on your own two feet. Jeff Mikos, founder of Free Chicago Walking Tours, is no stranger to that idea—the inspiration for his business came from a meaningful international trip.

apr 27 2016

Save Major Dough on Tourist Attractions with Last-Minute Booking App Whym

Big Ben, London
(Iakov Kalinin/Dreamstime)

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Some "tourist" attractions are 100 percent worth visiting. The ticket-booking app Whym gets us. The app offers travelers last-minute deals on desirable activities like guided tours of the Colosseum in Rome, U.S. city passes, Parisian wine tastings, Nevada desert sunset horseback rides, and admission to all kinds of museums at deep discounts—up to 60 percent off. All you need is a smartphone: The app is available for both Android and iOS (free, itunes.com, play.google.com).

apr 25 2016

Meet Wingz, the New Way to Get a Private, Reliable Ride to the Airport

LAX airport
(Maria Feklistova/Dreamstime)

We’ve all been there: You’re exhausted after a long flight and can’t wait to get home, but someone just stole your Uber at the airport and the taxi line is a mile long. So what’s a traveler to do? Book with Wingz. The new startup exclusively provides scheduled airport rides.

apr 22 2016

These Eco-Friendly Airports Are Inspiring a Green Revolution

Skylights and indoor gardens are just two of the reasons why Singapore leads the way in pioneering eco-friendly airport design.

(Courtesy scubafan67/myBudgetTravel)

Our friends at Cheapflights.com are celebrating Earth Day 2016 with a story by Toronto-based travel writer Jessica Padykula (@JessPadykula) spotlighting “eco-innovating” airports from around the world. Here are some of the airports that are leading the way in sustainability:

apr 21 2016

Tap That App! Ask a Digital Jeeves for (Almost) Anything With HotelTonight's Cool New Feature

HotelTonight San Francisco
(Dreamstime)

The last-minute hotel-booking app HotelTonight has been a longtime favorite of ours here at BT. The genius is in its simplicity: Wait until 12 p.m. for across-the-board price drops the day you want to book a hotel (or 6 p.m. for deeper discounts), then scoop up deals on properties ranging from "Solid" to "High Roller." (HotelTonight says its prices tend to be 18 percent less than Expedia's or Booking.com's.)

apr 20 2016

Snag This Retro-Chic Gear That Supports National Parks

Parks Project T-Shirts

Vintage-inspired threads, stellar cause: win-win.

(Courtesy parksproject.us)

Trend alert! Just in time for National Park Week (admission to every park is free right now through Sunday, April 24), we've become obsessed with the on-trend national parks–themed clothing, jewelry, and outdoor gear from Parks Project (from $10, parksproject.us). The organization organizes park volunteer days and donates proceeds from every item sold to initiatives like habitat and trail restoration, animal conservation, and educational services in the parks.

apr 15 2016

Enter Our #PictureSC Contest!

Budget Travelers tell us all the time how much they've enjoyed visiting South Carolina. From incredible foodie finds to beautiful beaches, golf courses, forests, and beyond, the Palmetto State is a vacation must-see. Now, we’re giving you the opportunity to show us how you #PictureSC in our contest to become Budget Travel's contributing South Carolina "Social Photographer."

apr 15 2016

FREE Admission to Every National Park!

(Lonely Planet)

National Park Week celebrates “America’s best idea” each April with a variety of events, activities for families, and, maybe best of all, FREE admission to every park. This year, April 16 through 24 (yep, nine whole days!) will see an exciting array of ways to say “we love our parks.”

apr 14 2016

Editor's Pick: Southwestern Serenity for Just $155 Per Night

Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa

Behind these walls lies a New Mexico paradise.

(Courtesy Sierra Grande Lodge)

Imagine waking up in a charming, rustic hotel room, heading over to an award-winning restaurant for a scrumptious breakfast (think: huevos rancheros, blue-corn-and-pine-nuts pancakes, or an omelet with New Mexico’s world-famous hatch green chile), taking a guided tour of the Southwest, and then finishing up with a soothing soak in a natural hot-spring tub—and the only thing you’re shelling out for is the room, starting at just $155 per night. At Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, that’s a typical stay.

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